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"The Last Supper" is thought to have been a Passover seder. That supper was the source of Communion: "For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes again."
In our church, we remember this event with a group Passover supper on Maundy (Middle English, "holy") Thursday, eaten in silence. No wine, though, as a consideration to the abstinent.
Below, Bassano's Last Supper (1542), depicting the reaction to Jesus' prediction that one of them would betray him.
Maundy Thursday gets its name from the Latin word mandatum, which means "commandment." Near the end of the Last Supper, after Judas had departed, Christ said to His disciples, "A new commandment I give unto you: That you love one another, as I have loved you, that you also love one another."
Also Known As: Holy Thursday, Great and Holy Thursday (used by Eastern Catholics and Eastern Orthodox)
You are not a Christian if you don't drink wine. Jesus commanded his disciples to drink wine in remembrance of him. You might remember the wedding at Cana, too. If there are people at your communion feast who won't drink the wine (and hence are not Christians), you should ask them to leave.
I'm Jewish, and a retired Navy officer. Back in ... 1988, I think, the first Passover Seder was on the evening of Maundy Thursday, and so many of the devout Christians wanted to wangle invitations to the "Last Supper" Seder that the Rabbi at Subic Bay Naval Station hosted it at the Subic Bay Officers' Club.
The Seder begins, in commemoration of the Jews' Exodus from Egypt, with everybody dressed to travel. Coats, hats, walking shoes.... In my case, my flight jacket and my fedora. (Yes, it was warm in Subic, but.... TRADITION!)
A Seder doesn't just involve wine; it involves FOUR CUPS of wine. It was a marvelous and ecumenical celebration of both religions.
"If there are people at your communion feast who won't drink the wine (and hence are not Christians), you should ask them to leave.
#4 bob sykes"
I was walking across a bridge one day, and I saw a man standing on the edge, about to jump off. So I ran over and said "Stop! don't do it!" "Why shouldn't I?" he said. I said, "Well, there's so much to live for!" He said, "Like what?" I said, "Well...are you religious or atheist?" He said, "Religious." I said, "Me too! Are you christian or buddhist?" He said, "Christian." I said, "Me too! Are you catholic or protestant?" He said, "Protestant." I said, "Me too! Are you episcopalian or baptist?" He said, "Baptist!" I said,"Wow! Me too! Are you baptist church of god or baptist church of the lord?" He said, "Baptist church of god!" I said, "Me too! Are you original baptist church of god, or are you reformed baptist church of god?" He said,"Reformed Baptist church of god!" I said, "Me too! Are you reformed baptist church of god, reformation of 1879, or reformed baptist church of god, reformation of 1915?" He said, "Reformed baptist church of god, reformation of 1915!" I said, "Die, heretic scum", and pushed him off. -- Emo Phillips
I take Gospel references to drinking wine as pretty good indicators that Christ wasn't interested in making everyone in the whole world a teetotaler. It's less clear to me that there aren't people who really shouldn't drink. It's impossible for me to imagine that anything Christ said could be interpreted to mean you can't follow Him without drinking wine. Talk about missing the point! He knew that people customarily drank wine, and told them, whenever they did it, to remember Him as they did so. This act of commemoration has developed into a worldwide variety of Eucharistic rites over the last 2,000 years. The literal presence of wine has got to be almost the least important aspect.